Last night Steve and I branched out to a new restaurant: we are creatures of habit and usually stick to two or three restaurants that we really like when we eat out. We avoid chains and franchises when we can with the exception of Texas Roadhouse which we like.
We live within sniffing distance of W's Steakhouse on E. Kings Highway and the smell of charbroiled steaks has beckoned long enough so we gave it a try last night. Fabulous!
Any longtime Shreveport resident knows the building -- the beautiful, art-deco building next door to George's Grill. I ate many an order of Snapper a la Brocato in that building -- the tender, flaky red snapper smothered in a rich cream sauce with shrimp, oysters, and crabmeat and served in a parchment bag. I had many an order of crab claws and made many trips to the salad bar in that building for "Wop Salad" and that home made bean soup. Oh, how I miss Brocato's.
So, returning to the building for a fine meal last night was fun, and we weren't disappointed. The
|Old Brocato's Menu|
We both had the 12 oz ribeye; I had the famous augratin potatoes while Steve went with the veggies. Both of us had the wedge salad with blue cheese crumbles. The steaks were perfectly seasoned and cooked as ordered. The augratin potatoes can't be beat anywhere -- except maybe by The Cub which is where I first had them. They are not your typical augratins: it's a secret recipe with maybe some pepperjack, and a richer, creamier sauce than I've ever had anywhere. Divine.
The service was great -- not overpowering and not absent. Our server visited with us and told us she had served at Don's and at Sansone's and that made me happy because I loved those local places, too.
And so that's the point, really, which is how important it is to support local eateries. East Kings used to be one long strip of classic local dining; from Sansone's to Murrell's, from Brocato's to George's Grill, from Cobb's BBQ to Strawn's to Don's, one right after the other. All local. Mostly gone, now.
W's might be a little pricey for some, but our steaks came with salad and side, and they give a 10%
their Facebook page said 20%, most service members are grateful for any discount at all!)
We loved our experience at W's last night and will return. As you are driving along Youree Drive and looking at one chain restaurant after another with one vacuum packed processed meal after another in their freezers, ready to microwave or slap in the broiler on the way to your table, remember your local eateries and support them. The Anvil on Line Avenue, next to Superior, is excellent; The Blind Tiger downtown, excellent. We still have George's Grill and Strawn's. And there are several local Mexican places, of course -- Nicky's is our favorite.
Thanks W's Steakhouse for reminding us the importance of supporting local endeavors and thanks for an excellent dining experience!